A secondary suite is a self-contained living unit with its own cooking facilities, washroom and a separate exit created in a single family home. Secondary suites can be an important affordable housing option, provided the suites are constructed safely.
Secondary Suites are a Discretionary use in a R1 (Low Density Residential) District and are a Discretionary use in an R2 (Medium Density Residential) District, only aloud in a Single Family Dwelling.
The Safety Codes Council has developed a set of Secondary Suite Standards
that may assist you in determining the extent of work that you will need to undertake in order to develop a compliant secondary suite or to bring an existing one into compliance.
Adequate off street parking requirements for a secondary suite are two off-street parking spaces for the existing single family dwelling, plus one parking space for each two bedrooms in the secondary suite.
Please note: This does not apply to new building construction. If you are constructing a home and wish to incorporate a secondary suite it will be treated as a duplex for the purposes of the building code and will need to comply with current Alberta Building Code Standards and Land Use Bylaw regulations for a new two-family dwelling.